Have you heard about biophilic design?
Trends are often discussed after the fact, just to point out that a particular thing or style is now so widespread that everyone knows and uses it. Occasionally, though, we can bear witness to a moment where you can see the rising of a new star begin.
Biophilic design has somehow managed to introduce itself to the world without much fanfare, instead quietly seeping into the general consciousness. It also very much characterizes the biophilic design itself – light, natural curves and repetitions, natural geometry, and materials that call out to be touched.
Biophilic design looks for ways to make people feel like they are part of the whole, the natural world, an integral and essential part of which is the contemporary modern environment.
The most important thing is to welcome plants, the environment, and everything natural once more. It is not enough to simply place plants in a room. What matters is symbiosis, the fact that all living things are connected to and dependent on each other. The same should be the case for your living environment – a positively minded whole can recharge you without making you think about plugging in a charger. But perhaps even more importantly, biophilic design takes into account a person’s social nature, offering enough meeting space for both longer conversations as well as quick chats.
How can this be achieved? The short answer: with nature.
The slightly longer answer: use natural elements, such as light, air, water, plants and natural landscapes.
Natural elements can also be used indirectly, such as natural images, natural materials, natural colors, movement and paths, imitation of natural light, ensuring proper ventilation, creating real shapes and forms, an abundance of information, reflecting changes in time, and natural patterns.
Biophilic design is, however, more than just a new trend or the use of a newly discovered technical solution to make people even more effective. A project may be considered successful if it helps you understand how much our physical and spiritual wellbeing depends on the world, which can be difficult to discern but which we will always be a part of.
Myst, in the hilly Himachal Pradesh landscape near the Indian town of Kasauli, is the first project to be created in accordance with the principles of biophilic design. The architect of this exclusive project, Llewelyn Davies Yeang, harmonised all the design and materials according to principles of biophilic design including Thermory materials.
Mountainous views, indigenous plants, and clean air give luxury a completely new meaning. Chemical- and plastic-free Thermory Pine is used here for exterior surfaces on both cladding and decking, to make sure that nature is not just in the distance, but remains here, within reach of both hand and foot.
During the construction of the development, a park with trees known to attract rare animals was also laid out. Even then, the lighting in the park and on the pathways was designed so as to minimize the impact on the animals’ lives. For humans, however, there are also nature parks, mountain climbing areas, a clubhouse, a full-size swimming pool and an outdoor pool with views of the surrounding landscape, a gym, a squash court, and a restaurant.
In their living environments, people need privacy, social areas, and the closeness of nature and pure harmony. Myst, in partnership with Thermory, offers all of this.